What does GIG mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gig(noun)

    long and light rowing boat; especially for racing

  2. spear, gig, fizgig, fishgig, lance(noun)

    an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish

  3. gig(noun)

    a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting

  4. gig(noun)

    tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain

  5. gig(noun)

    small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood

  6. gig(noun)

    a booking for musicians

    "they played a gig in New Jersey"


  1. Gig(n.)

    A job for a specified, usually short period of time; -- used especially for the temporary engagements of an entertainer, such as a jazz musician or a rock group; as, a one-week gig in Las Vegas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gig(noun)

    a fiddle

  2. Gig(verb)

    to engender

  3. Gig(noun)

    a kind of spear or harpoon. See Fishgig

  4. Gig(verb)

    to fish with a gig

  5. Gig(noun)

    a playful or wanton girl; a giglot

  6. Gig(noun)

    a top or whirligig; any little thing that is whirled round in play

  7. Gig(noun)

    a light carriage, with one pair of wheels, drawn by one horse; a kind of chaise

  8. Gig(noun)

    a long, light rowboat, generally clinkerbuilt, and designed to be fast; a boat appropriated to the use of the commanding officer; as, the captain's gig

  9. Gig(noun)

    a rotatory cylinder, covered with wire teeth or teasels, for teaseling woolen cloth

  10. Origin: [Prob. fr. L. gignere to beget.]


  1. Gig

    Gig is slang for a musical engagement in which musicians are hired. Originally coined in the 1920s by jazz musicians, the term, short for the word "engagement", now refers to any aspect of performing such as assisting with performance and attending musical performance. More broadly, the term "gigging" means having paid work, being employed. A gig is sometimes called a "set", referring to the set list of compositions played. The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians describes it as "a term commonly applied to a musical engagement of one night's duration only; to undertake such an engagement,". The first documented use of this term in this way appears in 1926: Melody Maker 7 September 1926, with the story byline stating, "One Popular Gig Band Makes Use of a Nicely Printed Booklet."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gig

    gig, n. a light, two-wheeled carriage: a long, light boat: (U.S.) sport, fun.—v.t. and v.i. Gig′git (U.S.), to convey or move rapidly.—ns. Gig′man, one who drives or keeps a gig—a favourite term of Carlyle's for a narrow philistinism based on the possession of a little more money than others, whence Gig′maness, Gigman′ity, Gig′mānia. [M. E. gigge, a whirling thing (cf. Whirligig); prob. related to Ice. geiga, to turn in a wrong direction. Cf. Jig.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. gig

    [SI] See quantifiers.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of GIG in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of GIG in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Matthew Marcus:

    Very few truly rely on the gig, it’s tough to take advantage of that speed.

  2. Lindsey Graham:

    I’m thinking about running for president. You get a house and a car and a plane. It’s a pretty good gig.

  3. Dan Smith:

    We haven't done anything like this for a long time. It's been very special for us and it's a pleasure to do something different, it is nice that we all live in London, we can walk into a tube and come to a gig.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    This 'on demand,' or so-called 'gig economy,' is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation but it's also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.

  5. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore:

    I think I could help the country, i want to run for office in order to help people get back to work again, get wages improving, get people off this part time gig that they're on, get people off of food stamps ... We need to get people employed so they can be more independent.

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